Daniela Rus is the Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL); and Deputy Dean of Research for Schwarzman College of Computing at MIT. Rus’s research interests are in robotics, artificial intelligence, and data science.
The focus of her work is developing the science and engineering of autonomy, towards the long-term objective of enabling a future where machines are pervasively integrated into the fabric of everyday life. Her research addresses some of the gaps between where robots are today and the promise of their futures, by increasing the ability of machines to reason, learn, and adapt to complex tasks in human-centered environments. By developing intuitive interfaces and creating tools for efficient design and fabrication of new robots, humans could be better assisted with cognitive and physical efforts. The applications of this work covers broad societal needs including transportation, manufacturing, agriculture, construction, environmental monitoring, underwater exploration, smart cities, medicine, and in-home tasks.
Rus serves as the MIT Director of the Department of the Air Force-MIT AI Accelerator and the Toyota-CSAIL Joint Research Center.
Daniela Rus is a MITRE senior visiting fellow, serves as a USA expert member for GPAI (Global Partnerships in AI), a member of the board of advisers for Scientific American, a member of the Defense Innovation Board, and a member of several other boards of technical companies.
Rus is a Class of 2002 MacArthur Fellow, a fellow of ACM, AAAI and IEEE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the recipient of the 2017 Engelberger Robotics Award from the Robotics Industries Association. She earned her PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University.
Rus has also worked on two collaborative projects with the Pilobolus Dance company at the intersection of Technology and Art. Seraph, a pastoral story about human-machine friendship, was choreographed in 2010 and performed in 2010-2011 in Boston and New York City. The Umbrella Project, a participatory performance exploring group behavior, was choreographed in 2012 and performed at PopTech 2012, in Cambridge, Baltimore, and Singapore.
“RUS SERVES AS THE MIT DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE–MIT AI ACCELERATOR AND THE TOYOTA-CSAIL JOINT RESEARCH CENTER. SHE IS A MITRE SENIOR VISITING FELLOW, AN USA EXPERT MEMBER FOR GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS IN AI, A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF ADVISORS FOR SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, A MEMBER OF THE DEFENSE INNOVATION BOARD, AND A MEMBER OF SEVERAL OTHER BOARDS OF TECHNICAL COMPANIES.”